Beyond Compare Reviews

One of the best Compare and Merge tools around

Positive Review by JimMcKeeth
about Beyond Compare Sep 2012

I've used Beyond Compare extensively for years (since previous versions). I am always pleasantly surprised how well it works. For example its support for comparing the contents of Zip and 7zip files is great! I'll often use it instead of a dedicated compression tool to update the contents of a compressed folder.

It does a great job at the basic comparison and merging operations, but I love the extra features like the ability to compare to a FTP server. This is great when I am migrating a web app between servers or updating it from a local staging instance.

I've used other tools prior to Beyond Compare, and occasionally on the recommendation of someone else, but always find Beyond Compare to be the best tool for the job.



Review by Garhal
about Beyond Compare Jul 2012

Way to overrated, sure it's packed with features, but all of them are clumsy & buggy.
The layout & ease)of)use is a mess, the interface is a mess & it flay files as equal when they're not, and does the exact same opposite for unequal files.

Instead of adding 95% unneeded crap, why don't they make sure the base features are bugfree.
& please do something to that interface. Even the free & abandoned WinMerge is still miles ahead of this expensive bugfest.


Good application, but footprint and temporary file handling unacceptable...

Negative Review by hrvojesolc
about Beyond Compare Feb 2012

I agree with edrandall, however I gave it more then a 60 second test. I had two non-system 750GB drives with similar contents (both around 400GB used of various contents: ISO, videos, zips, etc). I ran the CRC compare of the two drives and left it overnight. Next morning when I came to work I found my C:\ drive (system) filled up with BC3* tmp files totaling 150GB and system almost unusable, not to mention Beyond Compare did finish with bunch of "stream read/write errors".

After above happened, I looked in the application options to change temporary folder location or any settings but those simply did not exist.

I'm continuing to search for other folder comparison tools with small footprint similarly good UI and ability to tweak temp folder use so that it doesn't negatively impact system performance.